Clegg “did not agree” to the veto
Just to elaborate on my previous post, because I did not write down Nick Clegg’s actual words on the Andrew Marr programme. I had not realised quite how humiliating his position now is. Here is the BBC report:
The Deputy Prime Minister said he had learned of the veto in a phone call from the Prime Minister at 0400 GMT, shortly before Mr Cameron gave a press conference announcing it publicly.
Asked what his reaction had been, the Lib Dem leader said: “I said this was bad for Britain.
“I made it clear that it was untenable for me to welcome it.”
That sounded to me like, “I reluctantly agreed to it but I didn’t like it,” which is why I thought this morning’s headlines, especially in The Independent on Sunday, “Clegg rages at Cameron’s ’spectacular failure”’, were having cake and eating it.
However, I am told by a good source that Clegg “didn’t agree to using the veto”. So what Clegg was actually saying to Marr was, “I was bounced; I disagree with the policy of the Government which I jointly lead; but I’m not going to resign, not even on an issue of such historic and fundamental principle.”
That is much, much worse.
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